One of the mysteries of the English language finally explained.
1Greek Mythology Roman Mythology
A nymph who lives in a tree and dies when the tree dies.
- ‘The Petite Commande, a suite of statues of satyrs and hamadryads, embodied the rustic character of the place.’
- ‘Mortals harmed the hamadryads by killing their trees.’
- ‘As dryads are generally spirits of oak trees, hamadryads exhibit more power over the forest.’
- ‘A hamadryad gets her power from her tree, and a dryad gets her power from the whole forest.’
- ‘Masquerading the satyrs and hamadryads as famous characters in the history of art is the primary burlesque idea of the Petite Commande.’
2another term for king cobra
- ‘The King Cobra or Hamadryad, is the largest of all poisonous snakes.’
- ‘The Hamadryads appointed diet is one ring-snake per week.’
Via Latin from Greek Hamadruas, from hama ‘together’ + drus ‘tree’.
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